Chapter & Individual Awards

Awards for Chapter Excellence

KDP proudly recognizes and celebrates chapters and their leaders through multiple awards. Explore the opportunities below to learn more about your chapter's eligibility. We welcome you to apply to those awards that fit your programming, and we look forward to celebrating your great accomplishments!

Congratulations to Our 2023 Chapter Winners

Chapter Programming

At the heart of the chapter experience is the programming planned by leaders. Whether it's a leadership mentoring program for new officers or a community service drive for a local school, we know you put in much time and effort to ensure the success of these events. Share your pride by submitting your program to be considered for a Chapter Programming Award in one of the categories below. Chapters can earn two program awards in different areas each academic year.

Chapter Program Categories:

  • Community Service
  • Fundraising
  • Leadership Development
  •  Literacy Alive!
  • Professional Development
The Achieving Chapter Excellence (ACE) Award recognizes KDP chapters biennially that demonstrate excellence in membership, leadership development, and programming in support of KDP’s mission and strategic goals. The highest-scoring chapter of all entries receives the coveted Dr. Florence B. Stratemeyer Award for Chapter Excellence. 

Opening March 2025

Download Criteria & Rubric


Phoenix Award for Chapter Improvement

The Phoenix Award recognizes those chapters that have taken significant action to improve their overall level of effectiveness in chapter management and programming.

Accepting Applications Until June 1, 2024

Phoenix Criteria & Rubric

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Rising Star Award for New Chapters

The Rising Star Award recognizes new chapters that demonstrate outstanding management and programming in their first biennium following installation.

Accepting Applications Until June 1, 2024

Rising Star Award Criteria & Rubric


Individual Awards

At the National Office, we know that KDP's Chapter Leaders are the heart and soul of our organization. We see the countless hours of work that you put in during the year to ensure your chapter and its members thrive! Now it's your turn to recognize your fellow officers and counselors for their incredible work. Each chapter can nominate one officer (or two individuals who equally share the position) for the Distinguished Chapter Officer Award and one Chapter Counselor (or two who equally share the position) for the Regional Chapter Counselor Award.

Distinguished Chapter Officers

Each year, KDP is proud to celebrate dozens of incredible Chapter Officers from around the country. Nominated by fellow chapter leaders, Distinguished Chapter Officers not only exemplify leadership but also relationship building, creativity, and a drive to see the chapter succeed. Nominations open in the spring.

Accepting Applications Until June 1, 2024

Download Distinguished Chapter Officer Criteria & Rubric

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Regional Chapter Counselor of the Year

The Regional Chapter Counselor of the Year Award recognizes a dedicated Counselor from each region who excels in his or her role for that region. The Counselors achieving this award are leaders who represent the mission and ideals of KDP and who have achieved excellence in the role of Counselor.

Accepting Applications Until June 1, 2024

Download Regional Chapter Counselor of the Year Criteria & Rubric
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Lucinda Rose Counselor Award

The Lucinda Rose Counselor Award, funded by Drs. Vincent & Linda McGrath, honors an exemplary Counselor within Kappa Delta Pi. This esteemed honor is given once each biennium to an outstanding KDP Counselor who has 10 or more years of service as a Counselor/Associate Counselor. The Counselor and chapter must not only meet the criteria for this award, but also excel to an outstanding level.

Accepting Applications Until June 1, 2024

Lucinda Rose Counselor Award Criteria & Rubric 

Chapter Awards FAQs

When do Chapter Awards Open?

Online submissions open every spring. Biennial awards are open the spring before they are awarded.

When are Chapter Awards applications due?

Chapter Awards applications are due on June 1.

Where can I find the Criteria or Rubrics?

You can download the criteria and rubrics that the judges will be using underneath the awards description.

How do I submit an awards application?

Click on any of the links under the chapter award for which you want to apply. All awards entries must be submitted via our online system.

Can I apply for more than one award?

Chapters are allowed to submit two different programs for two chapter program awards in different categories. If you apply for an Achieving Chapter Excellence (ACE) award, you cannot win a chapter program award with the same program. We will award you the better of the submissions.

How are chapter awards judged?

Qualified judges with strong knowledge of chapter programming will be appointed.

When will award recipients be notified?

Award recipients will be notified by email on or before July 31.

For More Information

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